William Charles Scheihing Jr., 56, of Edmond, Okla., went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. He was born to Bettye and Bill Scheihing in Houston on Dec. 9, 1956, later moving to Fort Worth.
A natural athlete, Bill excelled at any sport he played, including football, basketball, baseball and golf. His years at Fort Worth Arlington Heights High School were filled with great friends and memories. He was quarterback for the Yellow Jacket football team, undefeated in their district. The Jackets were a close-knit team and went deep into the playoffs.
In 1975, Bill attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Kappa Alpha. At UT, Bill met the love of his life and his best friend, Cathy Hurt. Bill belonged to the Silver Spur Service Organization and served as Bevo’s handler his senior year.
After college graduation in 1979, he began working at Continental National Bank in Fort Worth. In 1980, he and Cathy were married. Bill continued in his commitment to service as president of Easter Seals Fort Worth and was a member of Steeplechase and Shady Oaks. Every Memorial Day weekend, Cathy and Bill joined their Four Seasons travel group, college friends who gathered annually for over 30 years.
Bill’s beloved and precious children, Charlie, Elizabeth and John, made his family complete. He loved being involved in every aspect of his children’s lives. If he was not coaching, Bill was always on the sidelines or audience, cheering on his children.
In 2000, Bill moved his family to Oklahoma City. Still with Bank One, soon to become JP Morgan Chase, Bill was involved in numerous charitable and civic activities. He served on the board of Oklahoma City Public School Foundation, United Way board, Edmond Memorial Football Foundation president and others. He was most proud of his involvement with the board of trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, serving in many capacities, including chairman. Always known to be wise beyond his years, Bill was often approached by friends and associates for advice. A trustworthy and quiet man, he always had time for a friends and was willing to help anyone in need. Bill’s integrity, work ethic and genuineness propelled him to great success in business. His faith, thoughtfulness and care made him a dependable friend and a wonderful father, son and husband.
Bill considered each day to be a gift from God. Nothing meant more to him than his faith and his family. He was an excellent father, approachable, caring and wise; a loving son, taking tender care of his parents, and an attentive husband, with a beautiful, loving relationship for 33 years with his wife, Cathy.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Hurt Scheihing; son, William Charles “Charlie” III and wife, Claire; daughter, Elizabeth; son, John; mother, Bettye Scheihing; brother, Bobby Scheihing and wife, Karin; mother-in-law, Ann Prideaux Hurt; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hurt; brothers-in-law, Douglas Hurt and wife, Beth, Ellison Hurt and wife, Laura, and Gregory Hurt; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Memorial luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant, Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Crossing Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134, or the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Box 323, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.